RailAmerica reports carloads
RailAmerica, Inc. reported that its total
freight carloads for the month ended August 31, 2011 were 72,697,
down 0.3 percent from 72,927 in August 2010. Lower coal shipments
were the main reason for the decline. Excluding coal, carloads
were up 3.9 percent.
The company increased shipments in August
2011 in 7 out of 12 commodity groups compared to August 2010.
The largest increases were in pulp, paper and allied products,
forest products, and food or kindred products. Pulp, paper and
allied products were up primarily due to higher shipments in
the Southeast and Central regions. Forest products strengthened
primarily due to increased shipments in the Northeast and Central
regions. Food or kindred products increased primarily due to
stronger shipments in the Southeast, West and Central regions.
The largest declines were in coal and agricultural